Something to consider when deciding which Bible to study
The Bible is the only source of information given to us from God…. Every word is true and every word has meaning. The interesting aspect of the Bible that some do not understand is that the Book was written directly to each individual who reads it. This miraculous characteristic means that every person who reads some chapter or verse will receive from it exactly what they need at that particular time. That same person can read the exact same chapter or verse at some later time and receive a slightly different understanding because the difference is what they need at that later time. The levels of understanding are endless; and a person will never reach total understanding no matter how many times they may read the Book. It will answer every question that we may have and will give us proper guidance in all situations in which we find ourselves. But there is a problem….
First, we must assume that God would not allow His words to be altered. In fact, He states in the last chapter of Revelation that if any one changes a word, that their name will be removed from the Book of Life. And so, we can believe that each time that the Book was translated into a language for the first time that the translation would be inspired. After that translation, we can assume no inspirational activity because it would not be necessary. In the case of English, we must rely on the King James Version as being accurate. The revised editions may be easier to read but they eliminate the miraculous aspect of the Book. The revisions are merely the opinions or understanding that the person had at the time of the writing. These alterations, although they may appear to be minor, are possibly removing the deeper levels to which we can reach from within the original. And this brings us to another problem….
There are so many different denominations and so many different versions of the Bible, the only result can be confusion. We must consider that the author of confusion is Satan. Every Christian should be able to go to any church anywhere in the world and hear exactly the same lessons and doctrine, but this is not the case. A nonbeliever can ask a question of many Christians and receive differing answers from each, and this is not a good thing because it only tends to confuse the nonbeliever. And, this confusion may prevent that person from achieving salvation. It is a method of Satan and should be recognized as such and corrected. There is one God and there is one truth…..